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    Just a quick note. Keep a spare mattress in her room. I find that easier.

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    I understand its hard. Dh works away. I'm in the midst of packing to move interstate and dd3 is on me in the sweltering Brisbane heat. And my older two are doing my head in. I pack, they unpack.

    You are doing a wonderful job and you need to cut yourself a break. Parenting isn't easy especially by yourself as you are.

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    Default 5 month old sleeping and feeding issues - do I need a routine?

    I don't know what to say but i've had 2 hourly wakeups every night since DD was 3 months. She's now nearly 6 months. I'm mentally and physically broken and am at the point of using CIO as I can't cope. It's totally against my ethos but now I can't even get her down for a day nap in under an hour some days..good luck and if you get the answer pls share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amiracle4me View Post
    I don't know what to say but i've had 2 hourly wakeups every night since DD was 3 months. She's now nearly 6 months. I'm mentally and physically broken and am at the point of using CIO as I can't cope. It's totally against my ethos but now I can't even get her down for a day nap in under an hour some days..good luck and if you get the answer pls share.
    That was me too and for the last couple of weeks I've been doing some sleep training with great results. Not totally there but there have been some huge leaps. Feel free to pm me of you want to chat about it and I can share my experiences (ds2 is 6 months and I also did training with ds1 who is 2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Just re-reading your post and wondering if stretching out the 'awake time' during the day for maybe 3 hrs might help the day naps increase in duration.

    My DD also doesn't really have a set routine, I feed on demand and sometimes she falls asleep after a feed in which case I put her in the cot and call it a nap lol. I'm thinking about how long she's awake for at a time at its probably more like 3-4 hrs. She catnaps after too so maybe I shouldn't be offering advice
    Same here.. I feel like I have no idea what's going on these days

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    Quote Originally Posted by nh2489 View Post
    That was me too and for the last couple of weeks I've been doing some sleep training with great results. Not totally there but there have been some huge leaps. Feel free to pm me of you want to chat about it and I can share my experiences (ds2 is 6 months and I also did training with ds1 who is 2).
    Hi.

    Thank you. I'm not a fan of CIO tho so not sure if it will be able to help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amiracle4me View Post
    Hi.

    Thank you. I'm not a fan of CIO tho so not sure if it will be able to help?
    I know it still involves some crying but I use controlled crying rather than cio so I still go in regularly to reassure baby I'm around. I know it's not for everybody and had this baby been my first I probably wouldn't have stuck with it as it's been very hard, but because I saw such great result with ds1 I persevered and it's paying off now. All babies are different but with ds 1 he only cried for max 20 mins (with regular checks at 3,5,8 mins etc) and he went from waking every 1-2 hours to sleeping 7-7 within 3 days. He's a fantastic sleeper, I don't even remember the last time he woke up overnight, even when teething etc he still sleeps through.
    So although the concept can be hard I don't believe it's that distressing for all babies.

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    Default 5 month old sleeping and feeding issues - do I need a routine?

    Quote Originally Posted by nh2489 View Post
    I know it still involves some crying but I use controlled crying rather than cio so I still go in regularly to reassure baby I'm around. I know it's not for everybody and had this baby been my first I probably wouldn't have stuck with it as it's been very hard, but because I saw such great result with ds1 I persevered and it's paying off now. All babies are different but with ds 1 he only cried for max 20 mins (with regular checks at 3,5,8 mins etc) and he went from waking every 1-2 hours to sleeping 7-7 within 3 days. He's a fantastic sleeper, I don't even remember the last time he woke up overnight, even when teething etc he still sleeps through.
    So although the concept can be hard I don't believe it's that distressing for all babies.
    Unfortunately it's not for me. I can't leave her to cry for that long. Sorry. Thank you anyway. I'm in the camp that suggests they aren't learning to self settle but learning you won't come. I'm not there yet.. Nearly but not yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amiracle4me View Post
    Unfortunately it's not for me. I can't leave her to cry for that long. Sorry. Thank you anyway. I'm in the camp that suggests they aren't learning to self settle but learning you won't come. I'm not there yet.. Nearly but not yet.
    That's fine I only offered to share my experiences as you had mentioned that you were considering cio. I know it's not for everybody, I was close to tears when I read your comment about babies thinking you won't come as I have battled with my decision this time and shed many tears along the way, but sitting here now with both my boys asleep within minutes of putting them in their cots with not a murmur from either makes me realise that for me and my family it works. I couldn't cope anymore and was not a particularly nice mother especially with my toddler during the day as I was losing my temper so easily due to utter exhaustion and despair. But I'm not here to debate whether to use training or not, each to their own, I respect anyone who can give their baby the love and attention they want overnight as of course it only natural for a baby to desire mummy, sadly I couldn't find a way to do that and function during the day. I hope you find something that helps. I don't know where you live but are their any sleep centres you could contact? For example in sydney there is tresillian and I know they don't believe in cc or cio but use other settling techniques. @gingermillie did you not have a sleep consultation when your baby when younger? Could you contact them again for further help and advice? X

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    @amiracle4me I am so sorry to hear you are struggling too. I wish I had the magic dust. @nh2489 yep we did get the sleep consultant when she was about 9 weeks (at my wits end due to reflux screaming). They do shush-pat which is no good for miss A the touch just revs her up so we do a modification which is loud white noise (the shush part) and cot is on wheels which we push gently when she's unsettled and this calms her well.

    So I had a horror afternoon. I think I'm tired after a crappy night (woke at 9:30pm, 1am, 3:45, 6am, 7:15) which magnified everything. So here's my day:
    7:15 awake (after multiple wake ups I had about 5hrs sleep)
    9:10-9:50 catnap at home in cot
    11:45-12:15 nap in pram out
    2:30-3:05 catnap at home in cot
    3:05-4:05 grizzly grumble bum
    4:05-4:35 me losing my sh!t trying to get her down for a nap at suggestion of DH on the phone
    4:35 give up keep grizzly grumble bum up til 6:10pm down for 'the night'.
    At about 4:30 I lost my cool and slammed the bedroom door open so hard it made a small hole in the wall. I also shouted at her. Several times. I hate myself she's a tiny baby. It's not PND I am just not cut out for this. Put me in front of 500 people to deliver an important speech at work pffft nothing. 1 teeny tiny baby and yeah I'm so not coping.


 

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